WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

welcome to Saint Andrews
At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
tiffany window OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY
St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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contact CONTACT US
Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
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BISHOP ALAN GATES WILL BE WITH US NEXT SUNDAY—SO PLEASE JOIN US!

Our Diocesan Bishop, Alan Gates, will make his first official visitation to St Andrew’s Church next Sunday, August 20, and will preach and officiate at both services.  PLEASE make it a point to be with us for that day, and celebrate together!  He’ll also be with us for a SPECIAL COFFEE HOUR between the 8:00 and 10:00 am services that day, and will have all sorts of things to say about life in the Diocese of Massachusetts, the Episcopal Church, and his experience as a new bishop.  Please plan to welcome Bishop Gates to our pearl of a church!

 

THE ISLAND FOOD PANTRY’S SHELVES ARE CLOSE TO EMPTY!   Please continue to help our hungry neighborsbybringing in canned and boxed (unopened) food items, and leaving them in the baskets at the rear of the church, or in the big box in the Parish Hall.

 

LAURA NOONAN, OUR NURSERY ATTENDANT, has graciously offered to watch
Sunday School-age children (up to four years of age) at 10 am Sundays, since our Sunday School is out for the summer.  Laura will have some creative and thoughtful things for them to think about and do, so feel free to leave the kids with her, and enjoy some quality time with God!

 

AUGUST IS JOIN-THE-CHOIR MONTH!  That’s right, we’re looking for a few good…tenors!  Sopranos!  Altos!  Basses!  Not sure what you are, but can carry a tune and love to sing?  Don’t hold back—please consider joining our growing choir when we begin in September, and if you’ll meet with our wonderful choirmaster (now in his second year) Griffin McMahon, and sign up during the month of August, we’ll waive all initiation fees!   First rehearsal (Thursdays from 4:30—6:00 pm) is September 221.  Don’t’ delay!  Guaranteed smiles, joy, and grace!

 

SAVE THE DATE!  Our third annual TIME AND TALENT AUCTIONwill be on Saturday evening, October 28, to benefit the “Pay for the new Priest Associate” Fund.  Good time to begin to think about what you might offer:  an evening romantic cruise on your sailboat, for two?  Special recipe BBQ ribs to feed 30?  Four Saturday nights of babysitting for up to three kids?  How about dog or cat sitting?  Painting two interior rooms of 200 square feet or less?  Dream on! And submit your gift to us by signing up on the sign up sheets we’ll be making available in the church, and in our mailed solicitation letter.  And don’t forget to bring all your friends on October 28 to bid and make merry!

 

EVER BEEN TO A MONASTERY?  The experience is…DIVINE!  We’re putting a trip together for anyone who’d like to join us for some time at The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from Tuesday, October 31—Sunday, November 5 (you can stay as little or as long as you like).  We need to ‘book’ rooms now, so don’t delay—please see Father Chip if you have any questions, and for further information.         

 

A CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE ISLAND CLERGY HOMELESS FUND will take place on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, at the Chilmark Community Church.  (This is the fund that serves our Houses of Grace island winter shelter program, and helps island clergy to provide assistance to those in need throughout the year.)  Mezzo-Soprano Lia Kahler will be joined by Richard Gordon on piano, and Phil Dietterich on organ, for a wonderful afternoon of music.  Silent Auction and Raffle begins at 2pm; concert at 3:00 pm.  Suggested donation at the door:  $20.00.  Reservations advised:  simply email liakahlerandfriends@gmail.com

 

“The spiritual path should be about helping you learn where your true ground, your deepest truth, and your eternal life really are.  Our common phrase for that is ‘finding your soul.’”

(R. Rohr)  

For Information about HOUSES OF GRACE Click on the FAITH IN ACTION tab above HHomes Logo CROPPED     https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Andrews-Episcopal-Church-Edgartown-Massachusetts/332024425612

 

 “The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.” 

  

                  Our Vestry

Wardens:      Carl Malmquist  & Chris White

Treasurer:       Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk:   Pam Monterosso

Members at Large:  

Caroline Evans,  Hans von Steiger, Sandra Mott, Carrie Caldwell, Jessica Buckley and Leon Brathwaite